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Legal news from Wednesday, December 22, 2004
21:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine court Wednesday charged former President Fernando de la Rua with improperly allocating public funds for his own private use and for the use of his political party while serving in public office from 1999 to 2001. The court froze approximately $74,000 (220,000 Argentine pesos) of his personal [read more]

21:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a law prohibiting criminals from profiting from sales of their memoirs controverted constitutional rights to free speech. The so-called "Son of Sam" law was deemed too broad, despite the state's compelling interests in preventing profiteering for criminal misconduct and compensating victims of [read more]

20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a story reported earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday afternoon that 735 disputed ballots should be counted in the state gubernatorial race recount. The contested absentee ballots in the extremely close statewide race were from Seattle's King County, where hand recount totals [read more]

20:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday lifted a interim hold on Proposition 200, the voter-approved initiative that would deny illegal immigrants certain government benefits. The temporary restraining order was orginally placed by US District Judge David Burry to determine the constitutionality of the proposition. AP has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Florida appeals court Wednesday upheld a $500,000 lower court verdict in favor of a former TWA flight attendant who had sued tobacco companies for health damage caused by secondhand smoke on airplanes. The case turned on interpretation of a 1997 settlement between the tobacco industry and nonsmoking flight [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chile's Supreme Court Wednesday heard an appeal by lawyers for former president General Augusto Pinochet against a lower appeals court ruling Monday that had upheld a house arrest order against him and had found him fit to stand trial on human rights charges. Pinochet, 89, has been quietly released [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Homemaking diva Martha Stewart called Wednesday for US sentencing reform in a Christmas message posted on her defense website. Stewart, currently imprisoned for securities-related crimes at the Alderson West Virginia federal correctional facility for women, said she herself was "fine, really", but directed her readers' attention to "the women [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Troubled Russian oil firm Yukos will seek a ruling by a US court Wednesday against Baikal Finance Group, which purchased Yukos' primary subsidiary in a Sunday auction. Yukos said it would seek $20 billion in damages from those involved in the auction and to have Baikal's assets frozen, after [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The WA Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on disputed King County ballots in the still-undecided governor's race. The court's decision on the 730 ballots could decide the race, which Republican state Sen. Dino Rossi currently leads by 51 votes over Democratic state Attorney General Christine Gregoire [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush has granted four more pardons, bringing his total to 31 since taking office, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Bush has issued far fewer clemency orders than either President Clinton or his father, George H.W. Bush, who issued 77 during his term in office. Modern presidents have [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A CA judge will hear arguments Wednesday in San Francisco's challenge to a state law banning same-sex marriage. San Francisco drew the national spotlight when it issued about 4,000 same-sex marriage licenses in February and March, but the CA Supreme Court halted the practice, although it did not rule [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance ruled Wednesday that antitrust penalties against Microsoft should be upheld as the computer giant appeals the European Commission's ruling from March. According to the ruling by Judge Bo Vesterdorf, Microsoft did not demonstrate that "it might suffer serious and irreparable damage as a [read more]

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